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Countdown to Armageddon (20 of 23)
Series: The Last Days of the Planet Earth
In our last lesson we had this same outline but I gave you all the introduction and preparation for what we are going to study today. That's why, again, we have this outline on Countdown to Armageddon because we didn't' actually get to the outline last week.
We looked mainly at verse 24 and there are several things that I saw in this verse that we needed to consider before we consider this countdown.
A countdown has to do with a time period. When we launch a space shuttle, they have a countdown. It has to do with that period of time leading up to the zero time when the launch will be made.
Well, God has His countdown in history. God has a prophetic timetable. This is probably, without a doubt, the most complete, the most important timetable in all of God's Word. It has to do with Armageddon. It has to do with the nation of Israel and how God is going to fulfill certain things. We can look at God's countdown and we can tell exactly where we are in history and in Bible prophecy.
So in verse 24 we read, "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make and end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy and to anoint the most Holy."
Now briefly, we saw the period involved – seventy weeks, literally seventy-sevens, that is seventy periods of seven. We believe that this is a period, not of literal weeks of seven days, but weeks of seven years each. That's the period involved.
A period of time of seventy weeks, which are seven years, would be four hundred ninety years. We begin with 490 years and we count down from 490 down to year zero and Armageddon is going to take place. It is very clear.
We saw the period involved. We also saw the place involved and that is Israel and more s ...
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